Polish army has take delivery of the first 11 German-made Leopard 2A5 main battle tanks 2005143
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|Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:32 AM|
|Polish army has take delivery of the first 11 German-made Leopard 2A5 main battle tanks.|
This month, Polish army has take delivery of the first 11 Leopard 2A5 german-made main battle tanks acquired by Poland. They were purchased under an intergovernmental agreement, and come from the stocks of the Bundeswehr.
German-made Leopard 2A5 main battle tank
According to the agreement signed on November 23, 2013 by Ministers of Defence Tomasz Siemoniak and Thomas de Maizière, Poland acquired 105 Leopard 2A5 tanks, 14 Leopard 2A4 tanks, 18 Bergepanzer 2 armoured recovery vehicles, 120 Mercedes DB1017A trucks, 40 U1300L Unimog trucks, 40 Mercedes MB250 light off-road vehicles (including some with communications equipment) and other special equipment, for a total of 180 million euros
The delivery schedule assumes that most of the Leopard tanks - 77 of A5 version and 14 of A4 version - will arrive in Poland by the end of 2014. The last 28 Leopard 2A5s are to reach Poland in 2015.
At the end of January 2014, it was announced that the second Polish brigade to re-equip with Leopard 2 tanks will be the 34th Armoured Cavalry Brigade in Zagan. The brigade so far has been armed with two battalions of PT-91 light tanks.
In addition to the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade armed with Leopards 2A4 and 17th Mechanized Brigade equipped with Rosomak (Wolverine) wheeled armored personnel carriers, the Zagan brigade is part of the 11th Armored Cavalry Division (also known as the Black Division).